10 spring events happening in New Hampshire you don’t want to miss

Here are some spring events in NH. Photo by Oscar Wong/ Getty

By Stacy Milbouer

April 25, 2024

Spring is a big deal in the Granite State. We can finally take the snow shovels out of the car, leave our puffers in the closet, and take walks without fear of slipping on ice. It’s no surprise we want to get out and celebrate at fun vernal events scheduled all over the state. Here are some to consider:

SEACOAST

Baby Animals: Breeds at the Banke, April 27-May 5, 2024, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Strawbery Banke, 14 Hancock St., Portsmouth. Learn about domestic livestock typical on coastal northern New England farms from the 17th century to the present day. There will be demonstrations, such as weaving, and on Sundays, honey extraction. Admission is $12 for non-members, children under 1 are free. One hour before that presentation will be a special Children’s Program with Baby Animals event geared for children 4-8, but all ages are welcome. The program is led by a heritage breeder and educator and is designed to give children an opportunity to meet the baby lambs, kids, chicks, and other animals. Tickets for the Children’s Program include a breakfast or afternoon snack, admission for up to two accompanying parents or guardians, and all-day admission to the main event. Limited space is available for each session. Members $20. Non-members $25.

Open Farm Day at Coppal House Farm, Apr 27, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., 118 North River Rd., Lee. Coppal House Farm is celebrating its 20th year with free agricultural demonstrations, food trucks, and live music. Connect with nature and learn about sustainable farming practices through activities including animal viewing, farm demonstrations, and treats from local food vendors. The farm store will be open during the event and wagon rides will be available for $5 each.

Spring Rummage Sale, United Methodist Church, 525 Lafayette Road, Hampton, Saturday, May 4, 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. It’s spring. Reuse, reduce, and recycle by shopping thrift. This sale features gently used spring and summer clothing, toys, books, games, furniture, shoes, small appliances, and household items that can be purchased for a song. All proceeds support community projects including Seacoast Family Promise, St. Vincent’s Community Kitchen, Families First, Operation Blessing, Crossroads House, Haven, Gather, and more.

MERRIMACK VALLEY

Spring Serenade by the Souhegan Valley Chorus, on Saturday, Mall 11, 5 – 7:30 p.m., at the First Congregational Church Union, 10 Union Street, Milford. This concert includes an eclectic mix of choral pieces with guest acapella group, REHarmonix. Tickets are $18, $15 for students and seniors, and can be purchased at the door.

New Hampshire Farm, Forest & Garden Expo, Deerfield Fairgrounds, 34 Stage Rd., May 3, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and May 4, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This family-friendly event presented by UNH Cooperative Extension, the NH Division of Forests and Lands, and the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food features exhibitors, agriculture experts, workshops, and demonstrations of interest to families, gardeners, homeowners, hobby farmers, and those in the agriculture business. There will be working sawmills, heavy equipment, expanded children’s activities, a lumberjack show, wagon rides, livestock and horticultural competitions, fiber arts, beekeepers, industry organizations from wildlife to trees to gardens to conservation, and so much more. Tickets are $10. Children 12 and under are free.

The Spring Craft & Artisan Market, April 27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and April 28, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Hampshire Dome, Milford will feature over 100 exhibitors selling curated handmade objects from jewelry to pottery as well as antiques and vintage treasures. There will also be live music, food trucks, and a door prize giveaway.

Spring Concert: Hope, Healing, and Harmony, April 28 at 4-6 p.m., Immaculate Conception Church, 216 East Dunstable Rd., Nashua. The Nashua Choral and Granite State Choral Societies with the Symphony NH Chamber Orchestra will perform a variety of songs that celebrate spring. The performance will feature, Dan Forrest’s “Requiem for the Living,” and a piece from Ian Good, the group’s composition contest winner. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students and children are free.

LAKES REGION

Guided Hike: Red Hill via Eagle Cliff, April 27, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Eagle Cliff Trailhead, 690 Squam Lake Rd., Sandwich. Go for a hike with guides from the Lakes Region Conservation Corps. Listen for birds, look for new wildflowers, and enjoy lunch with beautiful views from the historic fire tower at the hill’s summit. The Eagle Cliff trail is considered challenging, with nearly 1,900 feet of elevation gain over 2.4 miles, so come prepared. Bring regular hiking equipment, including boots that can get wet and muddy. The bottom part of this trail is fairly steep, so trekking poles may be desirable. Please also pack a lunch to enjoy at the summit. See the website for more information and to register.

Trail Cleanup Half Day, Tuesday, May 7, and Saturday, May 11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Holderness. Volunteer with Lakes Region Conservation Corps members for a half day of trail work including removing blowdowns, clearing branches that encroach within the trail corridor, brushing in portions of the trail where the path is unclear, and checking blazes along the way. The lead for the day will contact volunteers with information about where to meet along with specific information a day or two before the day of the event. The cleanup is weather dependent and volunteers should bring appropriate clothing, water, and food. Children must be accompanied by an adult. You can sign up here for May 7 and here for May 11. Free

 

 

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  • Stacy Milbouer

    Stacy Milbouer is an award-winning journalist and has covered New Hampshire for many publications including the Boston Globe, New Hampshire Magazine, and the Nashua Telegraph.

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